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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 5, 2009 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Inspiration...recording stories?

Greetings fellow Heads of Dead --

As some of you know I am a musician, love to strum my Taylor, write songs and sing mostly. I just got back from another wonderful trip to India (only 3 hours from Thailand), where I recorded my new English/Sanskrit CD with a bunch of wonderful S. Indian film musicians.

I will go to the studio this weekend to put down the final vocals, I even have a voice coach, who also is going to back me up on the chorus -- Young, beautiful, enthusiastic, professional female Thai singer (just another illusion at my door).

I am looking for some Inspirational stories, of maybe the boys in the studio, other bands you may have known or read about or yourselves -- maybe Monte has recorded someone in the studio as well??? Laying down vocals would be a plus.
-- Like, "Jerry please send me down those magic pills you took to sound like an angel on American Beauty and Workingman's Dead -- Pleeeezzzeee..."

I know Dylan used to do everything in one take...ya, I know, that's King Dylan, who at almost 68 is still kicking major ass, well maybe not vocally (but I love Mississippi).

Any help would be highly appreciated. I will go back and listen to Phil's book now, I rem him talking about the vocal recording on those two albums.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: May 5, 2009 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Most of what has been written about the Dead in the studio is anecdotal, and very little of that relates to vocals. What I know is that most production folks are very savvy regarding mic placement and room ambiance.

I've been privy to a ton of stories regarding recording, where the artist has had some freedom to move about. Most vocal booths are essentially reverb neutral or very dry. By recording anything dry, it's possible in the mixing phase to lay on the appropriate effect to give the recording some depth.

In other cases the artist would elect to record in a reverb saturated environment like a tile covered bathroom, which would have a "natural" ambiance rather than a processed or generated ambiance. Robert Johnson, the great blues legend, recorded guitar with his back to the recording engineer. It wasn't from shyness, he had found by playing his guitar in a corner it had a natural echo effect. At that time, signal processors hadn't been invented, yet Johnson knew he wanted his recording to sound as if there were some natural reverberation in the room.

With it being easy and cheap to record today, thanks to computers, there's a ton of technical and "how to" information available on the net for guidance. Google "vocal microphone placement" or something similar and you'll discover many others doing similar stuff.

Good luck and wee look forward to the results.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 5, 2009 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Wow Earl,

Thanks for the kind information and post...I'll keep you updated for sure!

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 5, 2009 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

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Legendary folk singer, banjo player, storyteller, and political and environmental activist Pete Seeger turned 90 on Sunday. More than 18,000 people packed New York’s Madison Square Garden Sunday to celebrate the man, the music and the movement. The all-star lineup included Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Billy Bragg, Ruby Dee, Steve Earle, Arlo Guthrie, Guy Davis, Dar Williams, Michael Franti, Bela Fleck, Tim Robbins, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp, Ben Harper, and Ritchie Havens.

Sharing thoughts regarding Pete's historic, blissful and momentous contribution to mankind and mother Earth is the inspiration that comes to mind. At times like this I really, really, really miss John Lennon. I hope this helps. I try to Imagine...

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 6, 2009 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Thank you for this d-h_M...he deserves a thread to himself...

This was news to me...
"And the song of the Mexican War, “Green grow the lilacs all sparkling with dew.” A love song. That’s why Yankees are called “gringos” in Mexico, from that song."

and I thought this was cool too...
"I honestly believe that the future is going to be millions of little things saving us. I imagine a big seesaw, and at one end of this seesaw is on the ground with a basket half-full of big rocks in it. The other end of the seesaw is up in the air. It’s got a basket one-quarter full of sand. And some of us got teaspoons, and we’re trying to fill up sand. A lot of people are laughing at us, and they say, “Ah, people like you have been trying to do that for thousands of years, and it’s leaking out as fast as you’re putting it in.” But we’re saying, “We’re getting more people with teaspoons all the time.” And we think, “One of these years, you’ll see that whole seesaw go zooop in the other direction.” And people will say, “Gee, how did it happen so suddenly?” Us and all our little teaspoons. Now granted, we’ve got to keep putting it in, because if we don’t keep putting teaspoons in, it will leak out, and the rocks will go back again. Who knows?"

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 5, 2009 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Thanks Monte!!!

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Poster: cush212 Date: May 5, 2009 4:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

I heard somewhere that Pete did a 3 1/2 hour concert on his last birthday...

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Poster: wineland Date: May 5, 2009 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Good luck with the recording! Let us know when you have a cd release and where we can pick up a copy.

There are several studio sessions on the Archive for the GD. I'll also plug one of my favorite radio shows from American Public Radio: American Routes. The Booker T segment from April 22nd was a good listen. They were Stax Records house band in the 60s-70s. You can get a podcast or stream it here:
http://americanroutes.publicradio.org/archives/for_date/2009-4

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: May 5, 2009 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Thanks Bri, I'll check it out and keep you posted on the CD. Release date is July 7th in Chicago.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 6, 2009 5:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Inspiration...recording stories?

Not sure if this would provide any inspiration but it might be of interest...

"Chess Records was the great American blues record company. There is a story we've heard, perhaps even true, that when Brian Jones first saw Keith Richards, he started talking to him because he noticed he was carrying a copy of Chess LP-1427, "The Best of Muddy Waters." Jones wanted to find out where he got it. When they formed a band, they named it after one of Muddy Waters' songs, "Rollin' Stone." The Rolling Stones later came to Chicago to pay homage to the company by recording much of their album "The Rolling Stones Now!" at the Chess Ter Mar studios."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_Records#References

What I heard was that all the british blues bands wanted to record there because they wanted to know how to get the sound...

In a conversation with music journalist Bill Flanagan, published on Bob Dylan's official website, Flanagan suggested a similarity of the new record (Together Through Life) to the sound of Chess Records and Sun Records, which Dylan acknowledged as an effect of "the way the instruments were played."

http://bluesheaven.com/about/the-landmark/tours/

http://lc.cityguides.msn.com/articles/cityarticle.aspx?cp-documentid=19546610
(surprised Hitsville USA wasn't mentioned)

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